We’re delighted to announce that our CEO, Michelle Hill, was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the Manchester Young Talent Awards 2019.
The Manchester Young Talent Awards recognises young professionals’ talent and skills have been hosted by JCI Manchester for a number of years. The ceremony this year took place at The Midland Hotel, with over 400 professionals in attendance.
It was here that Michelle was recognised for her social leadership, as the founder of our charity and her entrepreneurial application to the non-profit sector.
Michelle founded TLC: Talk, Listen, Change in 2017, when we formally disaffiliated from a national organisation in order to become an independent charity, that could better serve local communities. The heart and soul of the mission was simple: create a charity that advocates for and supports people to have safe, healthy and happy relationships.
However, this is not always that easy. Since 2017, our charity has gone through its fair share of ups and downs but recently has began expanding at a quick pace, driven by Michelle’s entrepreneurial approach to social leadership.
Our Chair of Trustees, Mike Gaskell commented,
The savvy, creative and business-like attitude Michelle has taken to TLC has seen us buck the trend of most charities, putting us in a strong financial position. More importantly, this has created a successful, fast-paced organisation which is truly changing the lives of people across Manchester.
As a charity, we believe in the non-profit sector and we were delighted to see recognition for social entrepreneurism. Michelle applied this approach to our charity which diversified our income, ensured we reached local people and subsequently, extends our opportunity to change people’s lives for the better.
I didn’t expect to win but I am incredibly happy! I very much see this as an award for TLC as well as myself, for everyone on our team who works hard every day to achieve our mission. I’m also delighted to see the charity sector recognised at this level and loved being able to tell my two young girls what being an entrepreneur is – it’s getting up everyday and doing something you believe in. Thank you so much.
Caption: Michelle receiving her award on stage.
Our team here at TLC: Talk, Listen, Change could not be prouder of the award received, and we know Barbara is too! A huge well done to all the other nominated and award winning charities on the evening. Lots of our friends, supporters and partners also received the recognition they deserve... Well done all!
We’d like to thank JCI Manchester for hosting the awards, to Clarke Willmott for sponsoring this category and offer our big congratulations to all those both shortlisted and winning on the night.
We’ll perhaps see you in 2020!
If you wanted to read more about our journey becoming TLC, you can read our interview with Michelle about taking the big step to become independent here.